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National scholarship will allow UW student to continue inventive historical research

June 6, 2024

Axell Boomer, a senior from South Beloit, Illinois, is one of 19 college undergraduates nationwide to receive a Beinecke Scholarship this year. He is majoring in history and religious studies with honors in the liberal arts and honors in history. He anticipates graduating in the spring of 2025 and intends to pursue a doctorate in history.

Earth-sized planet discovered in ‘our solar backyard’

January 12, 2024

A team of astronomers have discovered a planet closer and younger than any other Earth-sized world yet identified. It’s a remarkably hot world whose proximity to our own planet and to a star like our sun mark it as a unique opportunity to study how planets evolve.

Video: Helping students tell their stories through poetry

June 22, 2023

ALL Stories brings local authors into schools and community organizations to help encourage and inspire young writers.

Meet the 2023 Distinguished Teaching Award recipients

April 6, 2023

Twelve faculty members have been chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, an honor given out since 1953 to recognize some of the university’s finest educators.

SuccessWorks helps Letters & Science students translate majors into careers

February 28, 2023

SuccessWorks, in the College of Letters & Science, collaborates with students early in their career exploration process to match majors and interests to future careers.

Botany professor first to receive new Rebecca Blank Professorship 

February 16, 2023

Professor of Botany Katherine McCulloh will hold the inaugural appointment created to honor Blank's leadership and service and to celebrate recently tenured faculty who mirror her commitment to UW–Madison.

Seed strategy can help restore a biodiversity hotspot

February 6, 2023

Seeding longleaf pine understories with a mix of native savanna species could help restore one of North America's most biodiverse ecosystems.

Study maps uneasy future of Wisconsin trout populations

December 20, 2022

Climate change has affected Wisconsin trout species differently: Populations of smaller, brightly colored brook trout have declined, while numbers of larger brown trout have generally increased.

UW mourns an important mathematician and beloved mentor

May 11, 2022

Georgia Benkart, emeritus professor of mathematics, died unexpectedly on April 29. “Each of her papers was a polished gem,” a colleague says of Benkart. Among many professional distinctions, she served as president of the Association for Women in Mathematics in 2009–11.

Headed in the write direction

April 4, 2022

The Greater Madison Writing Project at UW–Madison works with teachers in rural Wisconsin school districts, such as Jessica White in Gresham, to offer professional development for educators as well as enrichment opportunities for students and young adult writers.

Dave Black inspired many student journalists at WSUM 91.7

February 14, 2022

He took special pride in mentoring students, empowering them to make the station truly student-run and use the skills they’ve learned to grow professionally.

Jerome Chazen leaves lasting impact on UW–Madison and the arts

February 7, 2022

“Jerry was deeply devoted to the arts and to education,” says Chancellor Rebecca Blank. “His commitment to UW–Madison will live on in the Chazen Museum of Art and the many lives he touched.”

How does a spider weave its web?

December 29, 2021

Integrative Biology Professor Prashant Sharma’s lab studies spiders and their ancestors to ask questions about how their unique forms, such as spinnerets, came about.

UW astronomer tracks galaxies’ “growth spurts” using the new James Webb Space Telescope

December 22, 2021

Using powerful telescopes and spectroscopy, Michael Maseda studies images of hundreds of galaxies, trying to answer some of the thorniest questions about how they began.

New online bachelor’s in liberal studies adds to growing list of UW–Madison Online degrees

October 8, 2021

“Students who want to complete their degree but cannot be a traditional residential student should look at what UW–Madison Online has to offer.”